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A Moment with Jason Lee Worton

Passionate. It was impossible to ignore the intensity in his eyes or the grin on his face as he spoke about the things he loves the most. Adventurous. In the short time I spent with him, there was no denying that he enjoys the adrenaline rush that comes with risk taking. Calm. He jokingly described himself as the stereotypical surfer dude.

His name is Jason Lee Worton and he is a man of many hats.

 

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Jason Lee Worton at SOKO

At the age of 7, Worton got involved with music. He started out playing the recorder but an insatiable hunger led him to learn a wide range of instruments including the xylophone, guitar, piano, trumpet, saxophone, drums, percussion instruments, flute, accordion, cello, kalimba, didgeridoo, mouth harp and harmonica. What he didn’t learn from a teacher, he taught himself, but he’s not done yet! Jason has an interest in Indian music and hopes to one day learn how to play the tabla and sitar.

Jason was once a part of Protoje’s band Indiggnation but made the daunting decision to leave the group and pursue a solo career a few years back. He now creates what he describes as Dub-Rock; the perfect marriage of the two genres he cites as his greatest musical influence- Classic Dub and Classical Rock.

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Jason performing with Keida

Over the years, Worton has found that creating music is a bittersweet journey where the highs are high and the lows are low. He is surrounded by great talents spreading positive messages but the music scene is far from ideal. Corruption presents itself in the form of payola, which prevents many artiste from being heard, among other things.  However, he has come too far to turn back so he takes each obstacle that comes his way as a learning experience.

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Throughout the interview, Jason made it clear that he eats, sleeps and breathes music, yet, he still makes time for various outlets so that he may recharge his batteries. Some of these outlets include yoga, surfing, and beekeeping .

When he was younger, he found a book on yoga and explored a few of the poses. It wasn’t until his friend and fellow musician Jah9 began her yoga instructor training and invited him to be her practice student that he began to fully appreciate its healing abilities.

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He found it impossible to remember a point in his life where he did not know how to swim. His family made great use of the local beaches and Jason eventually transitioned from swimming, to boogie boarding to surfboarding. He now spends much of his time surfing until he is unable to feel his arms and legs and even then he is still reluctant to leave the water.

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I would like to leave you all with a bit of wisdom that he shared with me:

Accept things in life. It’s not always what you want. Things will happen; just go with it… Life is like a wave and you can’t fight it. When a wave comes it’s big and powerful…When a wave holds you or when life holds you, you cannot fight it. Sometimes you just have to hold your breath and wait and just let it take you where it’s gonna take you and maybe that’s where you’re supposed to be.

Jason Lee Worton is bound to do great things, so be sure to follow him on Social Media:

Instagram
Soundcloud
Twitter
Youtube
That’s all for now folks! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events, and also event reviews. Until next time!
Walk Good,
Alexia Blair
Universal Reggae

 

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I'm a proud Jamaican studying to be a Speech Pathologist in the United States. I'm in love with music and consider myself a Reggae Activist. I'm also over three years into my Natural Hair Journey. So this is where I'll put my thoughts, questions, concerns... and rants.

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